Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
June is approaching, and it's that time of year when teams stop worrying so much about arbitration clocks and start promoting their top prospects to the major league level. That seems sure to happen for Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon, who has registered a 2.08 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 43/5 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A Indianapolis. His prospect stock lost some of its shine in 2014-2015, when he sat out due to Tommy John surgery and a severe hernia, but that just makes him more of a value here in 2016. Taillon should have a place in the Pittsburgh rotation as soon as the Super Two deadline passes. It's a moving target, but sometime in mid-June is when we usually start seeing the first major callups. Jeff Locke and Jon Niese are officially on notice.